30 October 2016

SMC Teams Breaking PBA Rues in Gilas Trade?

Kevin Ferrer
Sources of journalist Waylon Galvez aye have revealed some trust issues among the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams when it comes to honoring previously agreed rules during the 'special draft' for 12 Gilas Cadet players.

After the tumultuous PBA board meeting last 27 October, Galvez reported that sister teams Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Star reportedly agreed to trade their respective picks.

Galvez' source said that Jio Jalalon, reportedly picked by Star, will be sent to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for Kevin Ferrer. Ginebra had to choose Ferrer when it was its turn to prevent other teams from picking the UST stalwart before Star's turn.

The trade was allegedly approved by the board during their meeting, but not without the proest of some teams, the source said.

The teams will announce its choices in the PBA Rookie Draft on 30 October at the Robinsons Place in Ermita, Manila.

The transaction made by the San Miguel Corporation franchises is intriguing since league rules prohibit sister teams from direct trades, unless a third party or when a conduit is involved.

Also intriguing was the the violation of an earlier decision which prevents PBA teams from trading the Gilas Cadets for at least two years.

The reported trade came a day after the board announced that Gilas players were selected in a pre-determined order although tomorrow’s process will be announced via alphabetical order.

Should he indeed end up playing for Ginebra, Jalalon would fulfill his wish of playing under coach Tim Cone and former NCAA rival Scottie Thompson.

The only one who could not be traded is Mac Belo, the 6-foot-4 forward from Far Eastern University in the UAAP and Phoenix of the PBA D-League. He was reportedly picked by Blackwater after the conclusion of the board meeting the other day.

Matthew Wright is set to go to Phoenix under Ariel Vanguardia, his coach when he helped the Westports Malaysia Dragons win the ASEAN Basketball League title. Russell Escoto is heading to Mahindra, Arnold Van Opstal to San Miguel Beer, Ed Daquioag to NLEX, Mike Tolomia to Rain or Shine and Roger Pogoy to Meralco.

Three teams have yet to announce their respective picks from Gilas, namely TNT Katropa, Globalport and Alaska, while the remaining choices are Carl Bryan Cruz, Alfonso Gotladera and Von Pessumal.
Ginebra's Alfrancis Chua took to social media in a bid to nip rumors about the trade in the bud.

"Mali yung naglabas. Ferrer tayo mga ka barangay!," said Chua, also the sports director of the SMC Group, in a post on his official Twitter account @alfrancischua.

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